Bob Hoskins passed away at the age of 71 on Wednesday. A versatile, charismatic actor, though he could – and frequently did – project a fearsome, tough-guy image, Hoskins was also at home in comedies, and later in his career, more family-friendly fare.
When asked what he owed his parents, Hoskins said, “Confidence. My mum used to say to me, ‘If somebody doesn’t like you, f––– ’em, they’ve got bad taste.'”
Looking at the five top films on this list, we’re inclined to agree.
1. The Long Good Friday, 1980
Hoskins’s co-star, Helen Mirren, told PEOPLE, “Bob was a great actor and an even greater man … When I worked with him on his iconic film, The Long Good Friday, he was supportive and [non-egoistic] … I had the honor of watching the creation of one of the most memorable characters of British film. I personally will miss him very much, London will miss one of her best and most loving sons, and Britain will miss a man to be proud of.”
2. Brazil, 1985
Hoskins channels his gangster menace into a wonderfully manic performance in Terry Gilliam’s 1985 dystopian cult classic, Brazil.
3. Mona Lisa, 1986
Produced by George Harrison’s HandMade Films, Mona Lisa earned Hoskins an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. The role won him the BAFTA Film Award for best actor.
4. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, 1988
Hoskins played up his established tough-guy image to portray P.I. Eddie Valiant for this groundbreaking family-friendly film. If you haven’t already seen Roger Rabbit, take a minute from your day to watch Hoskins punch several animated weasels in the face in the above clip.
5. Mermaids, 1990
Hoskins played Cher’s love interest in this 1990 romantic drama, providing a mismatched – yet entirely believable, thanks to his bullish charm – paramour for the leggy star.
6. Hook, 1991
Hook isn’t exactly a great film, but it is beloved by a certain demographic (read: ’90s kids). Hoskins gives an unnerving, neurotic turn as Smee, Hook’s underling.
7. Super Mario Brothers, 1993
Widely derided and completely ridiculous, Super Mario Brothers does possess a kind of insane “How did this get made?” appeal. Hoskins later called the film “the worst thing I ever did” in a profanity-laden interview with The Guardian.
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